Writing Love Letters In The Sand

  1. Does anyone know what happened to Pat Boone the singer the song came out in the 50's
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  3. by   NurseDennie
    If it's the same artist I'm thinking about that you're asking about - he's still going. His daughter is Debby Boone who was recording for a while there - I'm thinking in the 80's? Gospel maybe? Sorry I have NO memory.

    He has been married forever, and is a nice, homey kind of guy. He got into a lot of trouble in the 80's about some advertising he did that he said he used the product or something and he didn't really.... I'm kinda foggy on that.

    Again, if it's the same guy, he was kind of a laughing stock for a while there. I think mostly because he's a strong Christian and just kind of a stand-up kind of guy, at least from my VERY small acquaintance.

    Love

    Dennie
  4. by   Tweety
    He put out a heavy metal album sometime in the 90s that made him even more of a laughing stock. It was horrible so I hear.

    That said, he was one of the most popular singles male artists of all time. He had dozens of hits. However, he is ignored by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame because so many of his hits were ripped off versions of African American artists, during those tender early days of rock and roll.

    His daughter Debbie, who claims her big hit song "You Light Up My Life" was meant to be sung to God, went on to a moderately successful Contemporary Christian Career.

    I'm not sure what Pat Boone is up to these days.
  5. by   rebelwaclause
    Charles Eugene Patrick Boone, 1 June 1934, Jacksonville, Florida, USA. Boone sold more records during the late 50s than any other artist except Elvis Presley. From 1955 to


    date, only six artists (Presley, the Beatles, James Brown, Elton John, Rolling Stones and Stevie Wonder) are ranked above him in terms of total singles sales and their relative chart positions. Boone had a total of 60 hits in the US singles charts during his career, six of which reached number 1. A bona fide "teen-idol", Boone was, however, a personality quite unlike Presley. Where Elvis represented the outcast or rebel, Boone was a clean-cut conformist. He was a religious, married family man, who at one point turned down a film role with Marilyn Monroe rather than having to kiss a woman who was not his wife. While Elvis wore long sideburns and greasy hair, Boone was recognized by his "white buck" shoes and ever-present smile. Boone even attended college during the height of his career. Accordingly, Boone's music, although considered to be rock 'n' roll during his first few years of popularity, was considerably less manic than that being made by Presley and the early black rockers. Boone, in fact, built his career on "cover" records, tame, cleaned-up versions of R&B songs originally recorded by black artists such as Fats Domino, Little Richard, Ivory Joe Hunter, the Flamingos and the El Dorado's.
    Boone grew up in the Nashville, Tennessee, area, where he began singing in public at the age of 10. He appeared on the national Ted Mack Amateur Hour and Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts television programmers in the early 50s, and had his own radio program on Nashville's WSIX. In 1953, he married Shirley Foley, daughter of country star Red Foley. The following year, Boone recorded his first of four singles for the small Republic label in Nashville, all of which failed. That year the Boone's moved to Denton, Texas, and began raising a family of four daughters, the third of whom, Debby Boone, had a chart hit in 1977 with the ballad "You Light Up My Life". Pat signed to Dot Records and recorded his first single for the company, "Two Hearts" (originally by R&B group Otis Williams And The Charms) in February 1955. Admittedly unfamiliar with the genre, Boone quickly adapted the raw music to his own crooning style. His second single, Domino's "Ain't That A Shame", went to number 1, and was followed by a non-stop procession of hits. Boone stayed with the R&B cover versions until 1957. Even today it is a controversial question whether Boone's cover records helped to open the door to the black originators or shut them out of the white marketplace. By 1957, when Presley had established himself as the reigning white rocker, Boone had given up rock and switched to ballads. Among the biggest sellers were "Friendly Persuasion (Thee I Love)", "Don't Forbid Me", "Love Letters In The Sand" and "April Love". Some of Boone's recordings by this time were taken from films in which he starred. He also frequently appeared on television, toured the country, and was the subject of magazine articles praising his positive image and outlook. Boone even wrote several books giving advice to teenagers.

    From 1957-60, Boone hosted his own television show, The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom. Although still popular, by the beginning of the 60s, his place at the top had slipped somewhat lower. "Moody River" in 1961, and "Speedy Gonzales", a novelty rock number of the following year, were his last major pop hits.

    By 1966 Boone's contract with Dot ended. He drifted from one label to the next, trying his hand at country music and, primarily, gospel. Although he had started recording Christian music as early as 1957, his concentration on that form was near-total by the late 70s; he recorded over a dozen Christian albums during that decade, several with his wife and children as the Boone Family Singers. He continued to make live appearances into the 90s, and became an outspoken supporter of politically conservative and religious causes. By 1991 he had begun discussing the possibility of singing rock music again. In 1993, Boone joined another 50s legend, Kay Starr, on "The April Love Tour" of the UK. In 1997, Boone recorded with Ritchie Blackmore and Guns N'Roses' Slash for his heavy metal tribute album. Ridiculous although it may seem, Boone tackled classics such as "The Wind Cries Mary", "No More Mr Nice Guy", "Smoke On The Water" and, of course, "Stairway To Heaven". In addition he owns his own record company Gold Label, whose featured artists include Glen Campbell.


    He continued to make live appearances into the 90s, and became an outspoken supporter of politically conservative and religious causes. By 1991 he had begun discussing the possibility of singing rock music again. In 1993, Boone joined another 50s legend, Kay Starr, on "The April Love Tour" of the UK. In 1997, Boone recorded with Ritchie Blackmore and Guns N'Roses' Slash for his heavy metal tribute album. Ridiculous although it may seem, Boone tackled classics such as "The Wind Cries Mary", "No More Mr Nice Guy", "Smoke On The Water" and, of course, "Stairway To Heaven". In addition he owns his own record company Gold Label, whose featured artists include Glen Campbell.


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  6. by   emily_mom
    Wasn't that like a big joke when he came out with the heavy metal album? Wasn't he parading around in black leather for awhile?
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I thought he was kidding around when he did the hard rock stuff...he was NOT serious was He???????? nahh couldnabeen.
  8. by   ladyjane
    isn't he currently a neighbor of ozzy osborne?
  9. by   MelSky
    he was ozzy's neighbor until the osbournes moved to the house where the 1st season of their show was filmed.
  10. by   Gomer
    He's still alive and performing...sometimes with his daughters. Last year his 20-yr old grandson (ye, gods, how old does that make us!) fell through a skylight (? 20 feet or so) and was brain injuried. Pat and his family were on Larry King and talked about it. Guess he's spending his days helping the grandson recover.

    He had/has a darn good voice, but he was a little to straight arrow for me.
  11. by   NurseDennie
    OMG I remember Kay Starr!! She's gotta be older than Pat Boone is! Didn't she have some kind of semi-hit during the 70's or sometime? Maybe 60's?

    What a cool coincidence! I knew Kay Starr from Kansas City, and I seemed like she was about my parents' age at the time. And I knew Pat Boone from Nashville, and they go out on tour tomorrow! Cool small world stuff.

    Love

    Dennie

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